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Poster: Tidewater four ten O nine Date: Jun 11, 2009 7:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Apologies for my ignorance .......Ha--mine too!

Thanks all for putting me right - I can go back to enjoying 'Contract' (as you say: great song, great singing, great playing) without looking over my shoulder worrying about the 'Quality Police' busting me.

I do quite often get the wrong end of the stick - maybe it was another thread somewhere along the line where the views weren't quite so positive as yours are here.

"Been heading down, New Mexico ........"

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jun 11, 2009 8:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Apologies for my ignorance .......Ha--mine too!

No sweat--I so often get things wrong here, usually my own doing with failure to express things simply and without typos...

But, to continue in the lovefest for Contract and NRPS, I came to it via a "Dead coverband" I worked with for yrs (in HS & college, I was a roadie for HS buddies in a band) and they used to do Contract REALLY well. Bass player had a voice even better suited to it than Dave T., and the guitar playing really nailed the sorrowful/country-esque lead for it. They even had a half assed pedal steel player for a few yrs, but the straight up lead player was better.

Anyhow, NRPS had some great tunes over the years, but Contract is by far, FAR!, my FAV.

Never get tired of that one...too bad they didn't do it live (or at least recordings wise it's rare?) often enough. And the few I have heard don't work as well as the studio (hmmm--here I go again!).

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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Jun 11, 2009 9:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Apologies for my ignorance .......Ha--mine too!

Twas thinking about NRPS and the studio vs. live issue this morning myself. Most everything I've heard recorded live, without post recording processing doesn't match up with the studio "vibe." I've seen some great NRPS shows live and the recordings of those shows fall flat.

This is odd to me, especially since just finishing the Blair Jackson "Gear" book, that NRPS didn't have the same perfectionist bent in all areas related to their music. I'm sure it was a shared topic, especially when Garcia was in the band.

"I'm ridin' hard, ain't got no star on my shirt."

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